His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
We are given everything we need . . . let’s stop right here and start on the shopping list of all our wants and desires!
Western society has embraced an attitude of ‘I want it all and I want it now’ philosophy, and you can even here this message being preached from pulpits.
The Apostle Peter thankfully qualifies this ‘everything’ for us as what we need for a godly life.
The Greek word translated as everything is pas – every and all manner. In terms of time it has an attached meaning of daily, calling immediately to mind the Lord’s Prayer where we are to pray for ‘our daily bread’- the here and now of our food needs.
Godly life – is eusebeia and zóé – godliness/holiness/piety and life in a literal and figurative sense.
Roll up your ‘desire’ list and through it into the rubbish bin.
Be assured, however, that we will be given everything we need to follow Christ and God in a manner after the Gospel message.
Everything we need comes from our knowledge of him.
The word for ‘knowledge’ – epignósis – only occurs here and in Ephesians 4:13 and is better translated as acknowledgement, or recognition.
Our acknowledgement of him – God – allows us to enjoy his divine power which provides us with everything we need to continue to learn, grow, and impact others, to the best we can.
This passage doesn’t necessarily mean we have everything in advance, but we will have what we need at just the right moment for us.
As we grow in the Lord, we are given every thing to continue in that growth.